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Cool off in five Sumter County splash parks this summer

Sumter has five splash parks to cool off in, and all are opening Memorial Day weekend. There is no cost, so choose one of the following locations: - Crosswell Park, corner of Lafayette Drive and Yeadon Street; - North HOPE Park, 904 N. Main … more

Sumter employers spark students' interest in industrial careers at expo

Area economic development partners and employers put their best foot forward Friday in trying to spark interest in local manufacturing and technology-related jobs with their second-annual Manufacturers and Technology Expo. In the morning, about … more

Front Porch Junkies will come to downtown Sumter

Heading into its second week, city of Sumter's Fourth Friday Concert Series will feature local band Front Porch Junkies, which will perform its original songs for a crowd of familiar faces as the event returns to Main Street this year. The band, … more

Sumter Police Week Prayer Breakfast set for Tuesday

The 2018 Police Week Prayer Breakfast, hosted by Sumter County Sheriff's Office and Sumter Police Department, will be held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Church of the Holy Comforter, 213 N. Main … more

Sumter private-business owners back tax increase for school district

Local private-business owners who serve on Sumter School District's advisory Finance Committee say they are fully behind the district's proposed budget for next year and mill increase request it plans to ask Sumter County Council for next … more

2 Shaw airmen honored for saving 88 lives

In an hours-long firefight in Afghanistan where two American soldiers were killed in the offset, the remaining 88 American and coalition troops credit their lives to two Shaw Air Force Base F-16 fighter pilots. Capts. John J. Nygard and Salvador … more

Tuomey Fellows graduate

CHRIS M. MOORE, PALMETTO HEALTH TUOMEY / SPECIAL TO THE SUMTER ITEM Last Friday, The Tuomey Foundation held its annual Tuomey Fellows graduation at Neverdun Farms. Since 2001, the Tuomey Fellows program has given business and volunteer leaders … more

Sumter County Republican Party hears from candidates

Members of the Sumter County Republican Party were given an idea of who they could support during the primary and general elections this year during the group's regular meeting Thursday. That evening, party members heard from Gov. Henry McMaster, … more

Hot days mean more screen time for kids; implement rules

When the days of summer get hotter and hotter, kids will be more inclined to stay indoors, which means they will want more media time. Families spend more time staring at screens than ever before. Screen time can adversely affect one's ability to … more

Here's your 78th Sumter Iris Festival schedule and map

Blooming flowers, increasing heat and longer, brighter days are the signal in Sumter of the city's most well-known event. It's Sumter's oldest and largest festival. It brings thousands of people from … more

'A light unto the world': Artist tells story behind drawings of young Holocaust victims at Sumter's Jewish History Center

Mary Burkett thinks she is "as far from an artist as you can possibly get." Despite that claim, the Columbia native and creator of the "Beloved: Children of the Holocaust" exhibit has been giving a lesson in humanity at multiple museums and … more

New deputy commander welcomed to, promoted at U.S. Army Central

U.S. Army Central's new deputy commanding general has more than a new home and base to get used to. He also has a new title and rank attached to his name. A ceremony on Thursday morning at USARCENT's Patton Hall on Shaw Air Force Base both … more

Sumter votes align with all but 1 primary winner

After the unofficial numbers came in to show Sumter County had the sixth-lowest turnout in the state, the percentage of voters dropped even further after the certified results were tallied and approved. The drop was due to there being more … more

Sumter City Council to receive 2017 audit report on Thursday

Sumter City Council will hold a special called meeting at noon Thursday in City Council Chambers, Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., to receive an audit report for the 2016-17 fiscal year. more

April was a 'fairly unremarkable month' in Sumter, meteorologist says

After experiencing swings from normal, historical weather patterns and near record-breaking temperatures at times during the first three months of this year, one may consider April in Sumter County a letdown. National Weather Service … more

Teach your children the love of reading over the summer

Reading is a passion for many people. But even avid readers may not know just how far back their love of reading stretches. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children who find pleasure in reading have the potential to become … more

Rules of the road: South Carolina highway patrolman debunks popular driving myths

Many drivers may think they know it all when it comes to the rules of the road, but what is true and what is legend can sometimes cross the yellow line. Before taking that road trip this summer, it can't hurt to brush up on traffic regulations to … more

2 killed in weekend wrecks in Sumter

Two people were killed in separate wrecks in Sumter County during the weekend. A 28-year-old woman from Pinewood was pronounced dead on scene after her car struck a utility pole early Saturday morning on Bethel Church Road. Jessica Dubose was … more

Sumter's Celebrate Recovery program helps with more than addiction

Anyone who is struggling with an addiction and is ready to make a change for the better can find support by attending weekly meetings with Celebrate Recovery. Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based, 12-step program that applies the teachings of … more

Don't forget to protect your eyes from the sun's rays this summer

Blue skies and ample sunshine help make summer special. Come summer, many people spend more time enjoying recreational pursuits, and everything seems a bit more laid back. Even though people may take a more relaxed attitude in summer, the … more
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